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Kris Bryant gets record arbitration deal from Cubs

SB Nation logo SB Nation 1/12/2018 Al Yellon

Kris Bryant wearing a hat © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The third baseman is signed for 2018, and Addison Russell is also signed.

Just a short time after posting this article saying Kris Bryant hadn’t signed yet for 2018, news comes that he has, in fact, signed:

That breaks the record set in 2008 by the PhilliesRyan Howard, $10 million.

That dollar amount is $1.85 million more than I had estimated in my payroll analysis last month. And it eats up the “savings” of $1.125 million I had estimated the Cubs had made in their signings of Kyle Hendricks, Justin Wilson and Tommy La Stella, all posted earlier Friday.

It’s good that Bryant and the Cubs came to an agreement long before any hearing date was set, and likely not long after figures were submitted, as the deadline for doing so was noon CT Friday.

Two arb-eligible Cubs now remain unsigned, Addison Russell and Justin Grimm. Russell, like Bryant, is a Scott Boras client. Given the Bryant signing, perhaps a Russell signing isn’t too far behind.

UPDATE: Yes, a Russell signing wasn’t far behind.

Russell’s deal is also higher than my $2.5 million estimate. That leaves only Grimm as an unsigned arb-eligible player.


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